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LinkSafeness. How to remove? (Uninstall guide)

removal by Lucia Danes - -   Also known as Link Safeness | Type: Rogue Antispyware
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LinkSafeness is a misleading anti-spyware application that reports false or exaggerated system security threats/infections and constantly displays fake security alerts to trick you into thinking that your computer is infected with malware. This application is from the same family (WiniSoft) as AntiAID rogue. Once installed, Link Safeness will perform several fake system scans and list a variety of infections or potentially dangerous files. However, it won’t remove those infections unless you purchase this bogus application. We strongly recommend you not to do so. Instead, you should uninstall LinkSafeness from your computer upon detection.

LinkSafeness graphical user interface
[Figure 1. LinkSafeness graphical user interface]

Usually, LinkSafeness is promoted through the use of Trojan viruses. Trojans are mostly distributed via fake online scanners, misleading websites and using social engineering. Once active, Trojan virus downloads rogue files and displays fake security alerts stating that your computer is infected or under attack by an Internet virus. LinkSafeness has its home page too – linksafeness.com. This websites is not very dangerous, however you shouldn’t visit it anyway. Note that it promotes entirely different product called Virus Protector [Figure 2]. Linksafeness.com is full of fake reviews, false information that’s why it should be added to the list of potentially harmful websites.

Linksafeness.com - the home page of LinkSafeness
[Figure 2. Linksafeness.com – the home page of LinkSafeness]

When running, LinkSafeness will flood your computer with fake security alert and notifications from Windows task bar. The fake alerts state:

Spyware Alert!
Your computer is infected with spyware. It could damage your critical files or expose your private data on the Internet. Click here to register your copy of LinkSafeness and remove remove spyware threats from your PC.

Then the rogue will impersonate Windows Security Center and claim that you should activate LinkSafeness in order to ensure full system protection [Figure 3].

LinkSafeness - fake Windows Security Center
[Figure 3. LinkSafeness – fake Windows Security Center]

Last, but not least, LinkSafeness will modify Windows Hosts files, disable anti-virus software and block security related websites to protect itself from being deleted. It can disable Task Manager, Registry Editor and System Restore too. It should be already obvious that Link Safeness is nothing more but a scam. Please so not purchase it. If your PC is already infected, use the removal guide below to remove LinkSafeness from your computer manually for free. Then make to perform full system scan with a legitimate anti-spyware application and remove the remains or additionally installed malware. If you have already purchased it, please contact your credit card company as soon as possible and dispute the charges.

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Note: Manual assistance required means that one or all of removers were unable to remove parasite without some manual intervention, please read manual removal instructions below.

More information about this program can be found in Reimage review.

More information about this program can be found in Reimage review.

LinkSafeness manual removal:

Kill processes:
LinkSafeness.exe

[RANDOM CHARACTERS].exe

10955mqa59m1.exe

10915zbot9z5.exe

f5mld9az.exe

uninstall.exe

Delete registry values:
HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareLinkSafeness

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWARELinkSafeness

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionUninstallLinkSafeness

HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionRun "LinkSafeness"

HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionRun "f5mld9az.exe"

Delete files:
LinkSafeness.exe

uninstall.exe

[RANDOM CHARACTERS].exe

10955mqa59m1.exe

10915zbot9z5.exe

[RANDOM CHARACTERS].ocx

10796bot9d-virza5f9.ocx

f5mld9az.exe

LinkSafeness.lnk

1 LinkSafeness.lnk

2 Homepage.lnk

3 Uninstall.lnk

Delete directories:
C:Program FilesLinkSafeness Software

C:Program FilesLinkSafeness SoftwareLinkSafeness

C:Documents and SettingsAll UsersStart MenuProgramsLinkSafeness

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